Open Mic Night Returns to the new CHESS Art Gallery

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Published on March 06, 2019 with No Comments

A student from PNW plays for her first Open Mic Night in the previous fall semester.

Purdue University Northwest’s first Open Mic Night of the year will take place on March 5 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. after the grand reopening of the CHESS Art Gallery.

The CHESS Art Gallery will host Open Mic Night every Thursday at 5 p.m. beginning March 14.

Open Mic Night provides an opportunity for a variety of artists to perform and showcase their talents. The event is open to all students and members of the community.

Kenneth Bronowski, faculty member at PNW, has been a part of the event since the beginning and enjoys seeing the community come together.

“I love seeing the interaction between people and the different forms of talent mesh,” Bronowski said. “The setting is one that comes with no pressure and we are all here to just have a good time without any judgement. It is a comfortable environment in which all talent is celebrated.”

Head of the Communication and Creative Arts Department, Dr. Thomas J. Roach, strums along with the students who came to participate in Open Mic Night

Guitarists, singers, poets and all artists of the community take part of Open Mic Night.

Jack Kiger, a graphic design major at PNW, was part of the event previously and enjoyed the platform it provided for his work.

“Performing at Open Mic Night was actually one of my favorite experiences because it eased my fears of playing in front of crowds,” Kiger said. “I was in an environment where people were there just to have fun and be creative. I felt like my music was genuinely appreciated and I would definitely play there again.”

The event will be held at the newly changed location of the CHESS Gallery at 7011 Indianapolis Boulevard. Admission is free and refreshments will be provided.

Bronowski hopes that the new location of the CHESS gallery will help generate more public involvement.

“I hope the new location will bring in more people because events like these really help the community come together and celebrate so many different forms of art without pressure,” said Bronowski.

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